USGA Executive Committee
Asuka Nakahara, of Merion Station, Pa., is in his first year as a member of the USGA Executive Committee.
Nakahara is currently the associate director of the Zell-Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and teaches an MBA course titled "Real Estate Development." Over the past 15 years, he has received multiple "Excellence in Teaching" awards, presented to the top eight professors in the Wharton MBA Program based on student ratings, and is a past recipient of both the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award, the top Wharton teaching honor, and the Class of 1984 Award, accorded to the professor with the highest teaching ratings.
He has served as lecturer, panelist or moderator for Harvard Law School, The Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA), Wharton's National Football League (NFL) program, National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), CoreNet Global, Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) Urban Land Institute (ULI), Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).
Nakahara has consulted with investment management, international real estate, private equity, golf course, restaurant, media and entertainment companies, as well as family offices. In 2009, he co-founded Triton Atlantic Partners, a real estate advisory firm and investment vehicle.
Nakahara began his career with Trammell Crow Company (TCC) as a leasing agent in 1980, becoming a partner in 1983 and chief financial officer in 1996. He retired from the company at the end of 1999.
Nakahara earned his B.S. in civil engineering with honors from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980. His board directorships include CBRE Clarion Global Real Estate Income Fund and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is past director of The PGA of America, Merion Golf Club and the Philadelphia Foundation.
In 2014, Nakahara will serve on the Communications, Investment, Finance, Green Section and Members Committees.